How to Extend the Life of Your A/C System

How to Extend the Life of Your A/C System

How to Extend the Life of Your A/C System

Air Conditioning (A/C) systems are somewhat significant investments that we cannot live without in sunny and hot South Florida.  Because the A/C systems in our living spaces are so indispensable, it is important to understand how to best take care of them.  Let’s briefly break down the cost elements to replace an A/C system, and then provide a few tips on how to maximize the investment.

Real quick…What determines the Cost to Replace an A/C System?

The cost to replace an AC system depends on many factors. These considerations include the following key criteria:

  • Size (tonnage) requirements for the system
  • Access to the units (i.e. in the attic, on the rooftop, in closets, in garage)
  • The desired manufacturer and technical capabilities of the system
  • Does ductwork need to be expanded, repaired, and/or replaced
  • Optional add-on products such as U/V. light systems and custom air filters
  • Skill level and experience of installation crew
  • Desired timeline for installation

5 Best Ways to Get the Most Out of Your AC System

  • Maintain a Clean Outdoor and Indoor Unit Area

It is essential to keep the area around your outdoor and indoor A/C units as clean as possible. Make sure to periodically remove all the dirt, grime, and debris. If there are any branches or shrubs near the outdoor unit, consider removing them to eliminate the shedding of leaves on the unit.

This step is important because when debris gets stuck in the unit, it will hurt the airflow, which makes the system work harder and leads to premature wear and tear. It also may alter the A/C’s efficiency, and the decomposing debris may cause a stench in the house. Over time, this may impact the quality of your indoor air.


Another great way to avoid paying early costs to replace the inside A/C unit is to develop the habit to check your air filters regularly. Air filters accumulate lots of dust and debris, which blocks the airflow and then compromises the operation of the A/C unit.  Also, by blocking airflow, the system needs to work harder which can lead to premature wear and tear on the system.

This blockage will essentially prevent the essential work of you’re a/C and will keep the cool air from circulating through the house. It will also make the unit work harder, decrease its efficiency, and cause early repairs and replacements.

  • Dry Your Clothes at Night

You probably didn’t expect this tip, but it is important to note! When you run your dryer at the same time as your A/C, the A/C system will work much harder to cool your home. Why is that? The hot temperatures emitted from the dryer often will be picked up by the A/C sensors. This will make the A/C adjust its cooling function to continually cool your home. It will work harder and wear out faster as a result.

  • Use Coil Purifiers

One of the main components of A/C systems are the coils – both the indoor evaporator coil and the outdoor condenser coil.  In particular, the indoor evaporator coil has a tendency to get dirt, debris and algae on it over time which compromises the operation of the A/C system.  U.V. light technology has matured to the point where there are proven, economical options to deploy a U.V. light system to purify the evaporator coil, keep it in like new condition and help extend the optimal running condition of your A/C system.

To avoid excessive repairs and extend the life of your A/C system, it is essential to have a regular A/C maintenance inspection and service.  A professional A/C tech will thoroughly assess the health of your system and make appropriate adjustments and fine tuning.  Being proactive with professional A/C maintenance will help you save money in the long run and prolong the lifespan of your system.

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